What have you been up to this week?
THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:
Saturday: Arnis in the morning and kobudo in the afternoon at Hidden Sword. I got in a lot of tonfa practice, which was good. I'm starting to give myself little bruises on my arms where I hit myself, which is great.
Sunday: Ran through bo and tonfa for a while, then hung out and played a little with +Mike Reis. Always good to hang out with him.
Monday: Switched days with Mr. Chick, so Monday is my day off. I practiced bo.
Tuesday: Taught Arnis at Mid-Cities Arnis. Covered our Combative Responses #1, #2, and #3. That'd be same-side block and strike, cross-body block and strike, and double block and strike. We typically teach this double-stick, and then run through it empty handed.
Wednesday: Arnis class at Hidden Sword. Worked on disarms in preparation for this weekend's MAPA seminar (my teacher is one of the instructors).
Thursday: Taught Arnis at Mid-Cities Arnis. Worked mostly with our newest kid student on Combative Response #1, focusing in on getting his fundamentals down. Combined working on the two-bone and four-bone block with the combative responses. Also demonstrated the "face hugger" technique and I think they enjoyed that too much (see photo below).
Friday: Review and stick sparring at Mid-Cities Arnis. We did the combative responses with the soft sticks, so the students wouldn't have to pull strikes (and would get proper feedback to block properly without having to eat rattan). We also worked with students on capturing the stick with the empty hand.
I posted these posts of original content this week:
Monday: Planning for Failure
Wednesday: Context is Everything
I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday: Little Details: Strike Mechanics
Thursday: More on Strike Mechanics
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Do All Fights Go To The Ground?
OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:
My friend Melvin Williams shared this GOOD Japanese sword video over on Facebook. It is a pleasure to watch an expert vs. all of the really bad sword videos out there.
Funny video from +Master Ken:
If I missed a neat video or article or other martial arts related thing of note, let me know in the comments!
FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:
Today is MAPA 8, out in Richardson, TX. MAPA Gatherings are always fun, and I'll be writing it up for the blog later on in the week.
So what did YOU do this week? What did you train? What did you teach? Did you see any really cool martial arts stuff online? Let me know!